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Old July 31st, 2017, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by gdellaiera View Post
Thanks Dan, I think that is working. I cannot preview or see anything in the composition file, but I believe that means that all is good!
Great! Yes, if you suppress an entire page, then you won't see any content in its frames when you Preview, and that page will of course not be present at all in composed output. (Though if you use a different strategy, such as suppressing frames instead of entire pages, you will see a better representation of the composed output in Preview.)

I will leave you with one other thing to consider: Counting the number of characters is a very poor way to determine whether text is going to fit into a particular frame. Unless you're using a monospaced font, some letters are wider than others. A name with a lot of W's and M's is going to take up a lot more space than a name with a lot of I's and L's, even with the same number of characters. For instance, in the default font on this forum:
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Mayweather ->10 letters, but wider
Illivanovic -> 11 letters, but narrower
So what you really should do is measure the text, using the FusionProTextMeasure object, to see how much space it really takes up, and compare that to the actual width of the frame. For instance, you can name your frame(s) and do this:
Code:
var nametitle = Field("Name") + "," + Field("Title");
var address = Rule("Format Address");

var TM = new FusionProTextMeasure;
TM.font = "Arial"; // <- font you're using
TM.pointSize = 10; // <- text point size
TM.CalculateTextExtent(nametitle);
var nameFrame = FindTextFrame("Name"); // <- your frame name
var nameTitleTooBig = TM.textWidth > nameFrame.GetSettableTextWidth();

TM.font = "Arial"; // <- font you're using
TM.pointSize = 10; // <- text point size
TM.CalculateTextExtent(address);
var addressFrame = FindTextFrame("address"); // <- your frame name
var addressTooBig = TM.textWidth > addressFrame.GetSettableTextWidth();

var needLongText = nameTitleTooBig || addressTooBig;
FusionPro.Composition.SetBodyPageUsage("Short Name", !needLongText);
FusionPro.Composition.SetBodyPageUsage("Long Name", needLongText);
return "using " + (needLongText  ? "long" : "short") + " names";
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